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Whirring noise in 89 Subaru Liberty

Asked by Alex

Could you tell me what fuel economy I could expect from a 1989 Subaru Liberty? The vehicle in question has done 240,000 km and has been regularly serviced by the previous owner, and I have changed the oil, spark plugs and ignition leads as well. I am also concerned about a whirly noise when I let go of the clutch and engage the gear. Could the clutch be worn or in need of adjustment? Also, when turning I hear that undesired clicking sound. Could that be a sign that the CV joints need replacing?

Answered by CarsGuide

6 May 2010 Carsguide.com.au

When new the Liberty would get around 12 L/100 km on average. If the whirring noise is heard when you depress the clutch pedal it is most likely a clutch throw-out bearing, if the clutch is worn it will be taking up near the floor and you might experience some crunching of the gears. The clicking noise you hear when turning is probably the CV joints, which probably need replacing.

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